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Good Sports: The Samosa-Loving Stanford Basketball Player

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2023
Good Sports: The Samosa-Loving Stanford Basketball Player

The “Samosa Caucus” in the U.S. House of Representatives is expanding to five members, as newly elected Shri Thanedar of Michigan joins incumbents Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal. Meanwhile, Ryan Agarwal, a freshman guard on Stanford University’s basketball team, is helping promote samosas on campus. Following a recent interview with a San Francisco Chronicle reporter, Agarwal headed off to pick up samosas at Curry Up, a new restaurant on campus.

“My family and I love samosas,” he said. “Every time I have one, it feels like a little piece of home. That’s big these days, with so much being thrown at me.”

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound shooting guard—one of only two Indian Americans playing Division 1 men’s basketball— has come off the bench in about half of Stanford’s games so far. He dreams of one day playing in the NBA and perhaps promoting samosas to an even larger audience.

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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